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"Only good if you are in a senior position or a local office"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Opportunity to work in different offices around the world if an opportunity arises

Cons

Do not work at the corporate head office in New York.. Lacks creativity or the feel of an agency. If you have a family there is no real understanding of the need to work at home at times when your child is sick. In terms of salary increases this is usually saved for the senior managers who expense everything. Only good if you are young and single and no responsibilities and want to work for cents.

Advice to Management

People have families and a pay increases once in a while would be nice

Other Employee Reviews for Ogilvy & Mather

  1. "Smart people, best in the industry, flawed model and a bit of good ole boys club"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You will work with some of the best and brightest in the industry at Ogilvy and work on world-class brands. Depending on the department you work in, your boss and the account(s) you work on you can have a very varied experience. It never is dull, there is much to learn and do and if you're a high-performer ability to move from account to account and even move to different departments (although sometimes movement happens way to slow).

    Cons

    While you're working with many bright people, you'll all see many of them come and go. There is not enough emphasis on keeping the best talent at Ogilvy and ensuring they're developing and having thriving careers. Lip service is paid, but actions fall short. Rotations can take forever or be held up, raises can be held off for years due to overall poor business performance even if your personal performance is great and employee reviews are hard to come by (most managers aren't very good and giving honest and timely feedback). Sr. Management is a bit of good ole boys (and some girls) club and when it comes to tightening the belt they are never part of the solution (layoffs rarely include Sr. level executives, expensive car service and business trips still go on for them). Highly matrixed structure (and separate P&Ls) over complicates what could be a more seamless working environment and provide integrated solutions for clients.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the business structure, find a way to have less competition within business units and silos. Go back to core values that David had in treating employees like family and not just a number on a spreadsheet. Hold everyone accountable in upper management, stop the special treatment for Sr. Executives. Hold managers accountable for developing their people, and that doesn't just mean filling out only 1x a year the worst possible format of an employee review form...it means connecting with the employee on a regular basis, having discussions, giving feedback and guidance and ensuring they have a sense of career path at Ogilvy.


  2. "Smart, decent and solid but should be a leader..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative
    Current Employee - Creative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of big clients, interesting project and good creatives, still a bit of decency lingering in the culture and pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    Understaffed and somehow not always as good as it should be, increasingly driven by finance in London and, as a result, not investing as it should in the business.

    Advice to Management

    Follow your best instincts -- its a good place that can still be great again

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